Several top prospects among 23 non-roster invitees to Royals 2011 Major League Spring Training

The Royals announced today that the club has extended 23 non-roster invitations to 2011 Major League Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz. 

Among the 23 non-roster players will be six of the Royals’ Top 10 prospects according to Baseball America, including first baseman Eric Hosmer (ranked #1), third baseman Mike Moustakas (#3) and left-handed pitcher John Lamb (#4).  In addition, the ninth-rated prospect according to Baseball America, right-handed pitcher Aaron Crow, is a member of the 40-man roster and will be in camp.  The Royals are inviting 13 non-roster pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and one outfielder.

The Royals kick off the 32-game exhibition slate on February 27 against the Texas Rangers as the visiting team at the Surprise Recreation Complex.  Individual game tickets will go on sale this Saturday, January 8 at 8 a.m. CT.  The tickets will be on sale at the Surprise Stadium Box Office, through Royals.com or by calling 800-745-3000.  Mail orders and several multi-ticket packages are available now at 623-222-2222 or by visiting www.royals.com/springtraining.  For more information, including information on special Spring Training travel packages, fans may visit royals.com.

Pitchers and catchers report on Monday, February 14 with the remainder of the squad scheduled to arrive on Friday, February 18.  The first full squad workout is scheduled for Saturday, February 19. 

The 40-man roster can be found at http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/team/roster_40man.jsp?c_id=kc.  Here is the full list of non-roster invitees, with their position and age listed:

Pitchers (13)                              

Louis Coleman, RHP (24)

Tim Collins, LHP (21)

Danny Duffy LHP (22)        

Chris Dwyer, LHP (22)

Blaine Hardy, LHP (23)

Gaby Hernandez, RHP (24)

Patrick Keating, RHP (23) 

John Lamb, LHP (20)

Luis Mendoza, RHP (27)

Zach Miner, RHP (28)

Mike Montgomery, LHP (21)

Steven Shell, RHP (27)

Will Smith, LHP (21)

Catchers (3)                               

Cody Clark (29)                     

Ryan Eigsti (25)

Salvador Perez (20)

Infielders (6)                             

Joaquin Arias (26)

Irving Falu (27)                         

Johnny Giavotella (23)                       

Eric Hosmer (21)                                

Mike Moustakas (22)                        

Lance Zawadzki (25)                           

Outfielders (1)                         

Brett Carroll (28)                        

 

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